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  • it's beginning to look a lot like xmas - not
    Rob
    Not that I really cared, but the clock has about expired on the extra holiday for feds. You'd think that after 2 years (soon to be 3) of no pay raises and 3 years (soon to be 4) of no pay parity with the military that a decision to give feds an extra holiday would be a no brainer, especially when one looks at previous years when the 24th has fallen on a Monday. I'm already off on the 24th, but one would think after all the pay freezes and relentless attacks on our benefits by both BOTH parties that our friend in the White House would throw us a bone. Oh well, you get what you ask (vote) for.....The reduction in future COLAs stinks for sure, but I'd argue the cumulative effect of no pay raises for 3 years has cost us much more.
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  • Agree
    Moderate
    Glad you wrote both parties. I agree with you.
    worker
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  • December 24
    disgusted fed who hopes to hold out until retirement
    I am really embarrased that fellow employees from somewhere thought they needed a "petition" this year. It's not a right; it's a privilege.
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  • Right to grumble-yes. Petition?
    contrarian
    Seems greedy to sign a petition for a day off. But it's amazing that it's even being considered. Amazing how our "friends" don't treat us as well as our "enemies." BTW, how's that "plan B" working for you?
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  • Based on the past
    Moderate
    Having the 24th off is based on many past practices. it is not unusual and is reasonable. It is a right to petition. it is up to the powers to accept, reject or ignore it.
    worker
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  • Math?
    Briancpa
    Maybe it is just me but when I subtract .03 from .057 I get .027 and not .054 like the reader. The difference between a 5.4% COLA and a 2.7% COLA is huge. Do you agree?
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  • It's called "mix 'n match" math
    FERS Fed
    I wondered about that, too. Looks like the '.057' is expressed as a decimal, but the '.3' is expressed as percentage; as a decimal, 0.3% = 0.003. Subtracted from .057, that gets to '.054'. ..... But in reality, I think it will work more along the lines of your calculation.
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  • Read the Chained CPI article on Fedsmith for example of the impact
    Rob
    After you see the impact laid out in the FedSmith article you'll see that the new formula will have a cumulative impact of thousands of dollars. They should do another scenario of how much one could save if they cut out that pack a day cigarette habit or latte a day coffee habit.
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  • Chained CPI
    Moderate
    Yes, it will have a major effect on us. I do not smoke or drink coffee, tea, or whatever. And I would bring it rather than buy it.
    worker
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  • Christmas Eve? Seriously, still grumbling?
    MDBBALL02
    Ridiculous to complain about not having Christmas Eve as a Holiday, no matter how it has been handled in the past, because in case you are too self-absorbed to notice, the President and Congress have been a little bit busy calculating how to save this country from financial ruin. And, this past week, they have also been busy helping the Nation cope with CT and making a priority of figuring out how to stop events like that from ever happening again--Finally! Can you imagine the blasting that they and we would have gotten if we had been given the extra day before (cliff deal is struck) or after (CT)? Also, given the events of last week, this is NOT a priority for any rational person. Dip into next year's 240 if you want it off, and be grateful you have a job, your family, and life. As for the Diet Cola or Chained inflation index ... remember this: You chose to work here. You have known your entire career that your salary and benefits are determined by the Congress. You are also employed, and still have a pension in your future, even if it will be slightly reduced from what you expected. Get a grip! If you don't like the situation, do something--find a job elsewhere in the private sector. I for one am still proud to work for the Federal Government, my agency, and am pretty happy that I have a job and a retirement to enjoy 5 years from now. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all my fellow Feds! And, also, Thank You Mike Causey for the wonderful reporting you do for us, and staying on top of every issue we care about. You are truly an angel!
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  • Agree with MDBBALL02
    FED UP IRS FERS FED
    Agreed 100%. Thanks for keeping this in perspective. There are way too many things out there in real life that are more important than getting an extra day off. We should be happy that most of us have a chance to actually take off days like Christmas Eve & the day after Thanksgiving by using A/L or credit or whatever. Some of my friends outside the Government would kill to be able to take those 2 days off but some, sadly, can not. I don't agree with how the political folks (Congress & President) are handling the cliff stuff along with other matters but then again, that's life.
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  • You get a grip
    Moderate
    Well, I do not agree. And how long would it take to resove the 24th day off issue? It would take very little time. And not everyone has much carryover leave. I do, but that is me. You do not know everyone's circumstances. As far as getting blasted, we get that anyway. So what. Hertage and CATO will be negative towards us no matter what. So, who cares what they or their allies say. I do a good job. So stop the bowing down to kiss your toes before those in power. When one is here for many years, you give up too much to leave the job. When you take the job, you expect your employer to be reasonable and not change the terms of employment. Your retirement benefits should not be changed when you work for an employer for a length of time. So you get a grip.
    worker
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  • Diet COLA
    smooth811
    Seems to me there are four alternatives to sustaining Social Security - Diet COLAs, increasing the eligibility age, decreasing payouts, increasing contributions (which never seems to be being put out there). To me, increasing the employee contributions (but not the employer contributions which might cost jobs) makes the most sense. Up to $50K of salary, I'd keep the employer/employee contribution as is. Above $50K - $75K, I'd increase the employee contribution by some percentage. Above $75K, I'd increase the employee contribution again by some percentage. This method would keep Social Security funded, and eliminate the need for Diet COLAs, increased eligibility age, or decreased payouts. I don't see the increased employee contributions costing an employee more than $500 - $1,000 a year. But, afterall, it's those same employees who want Social Security to be there for them when they become eligible. Why should today's seniors receiving and tomorrow's future recipients of Social Security have to accept diet COLAs or reduced payouts, or for future recipients an increased eligibility age.
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  • Why should I pay more?
    Joe
    I don't want to pay another $500 to $1000 per year just to keep greedy seniors happy! I am already going to pay another $2000 due to the expiration of the payroll tax cut. If my congress rep votes for such an increase he's fired.
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  • JOE get a grip!
    MDBBALL02
    It is NOT costing you $2500 more if they let the payroll tax "break" expire ... you will just go back to paying in what you were paying 2 years ago before it started! Geez! Educate yourself! You just got $5,000 collectively over the past 2 years to spend any way you wanted ... Now you will go back to contributing to the system that will provide a supplement to your FERS later so that it is there later...and yeah, you will help keep it there for current retirees. What a self-absorbed commentary you provided. The self-centered will be the downfall. Rememebr this when you check out and meet your maker some day....Little cracks like that and only thinking about yourself is not what you're here for....
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